The Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust (VCHT)

The Vieques Conservation & Historical Trust (VCHT), Vieques, Puerto Rico

Founded in 1984 as a non-profit and non-political organization, the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust is supported by members of the local community, as well as by interested donors around the world. The trust is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who are concerned with protecting the island’s unique archeological and ecological environment. Working with local authorities, the trust promotes awareness of the natural resources of Vieques, in particular the bioluminescent bays of the island and the turtle nesting beaches, highlighting what can be done to protect these precious resources, and appealing to both residents and visitors to refrain from upsetting the ecological balance.

Visitors to the VCHT Museum will gain insight into the history of the island through its displays of artifacts from the pre-ceramic period (around 3,000 BCE) and the Taíno era, which stretched from 600 BCE to 1492 AD. There are also replicas of Taíno pottery bowls and antiques donated by older residents of the island. A visit to the Bioluminescent Bay Room will acquaint visitors with the unique characteristics of Puerto Mosquito, described in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most outstanding bioluminescent bay in the world. It also highlights the threats to the bay’s continued existence. The gift shop offers a variety of novelty items relating to the island, as well as environmentally friendly products, with proceeds going to support the work of the Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust.

Address: 138 Flamboyán Street, Barrio Esperanza, Vieques, PR
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Phone: 787-741-8850​ / 787-741-2844 / 787-420-9154


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